Down Beat (p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "DeBlase's bass playing can be heard like a second guitar, busy and intricate at times, a good contrast to Eber..."
Personnel: Jeff Eber (drums).
If your thing musically is the prototypical, gnarly, and loud instrumental power trio, then Zevious should be right up your alley. Led by new electric guitar hero Mike Eber, this band should wipe the floor with any comparable group that dares to perform with such a bold, in-your-face posture. Though claiming various primal jazz fusion influences, the unmistakable sound of Robert Fripp and King Crimson from their trio period and the seminal album Red cannot be denied. You also hear the British Canterbury concept via Gary Boyle or Alan Holdsworth, a little bit of the progressive sound of the Muffins, and even pieces of Frank Zappa, the jazzier Jeff Beck and Robin Trower, or Gary Lucas creeping in alongside a punk attitude. With cousin/drummer Jeff Eber and bassist Johnny DeBlase (love that name) Zevious makes inroads toward establishing a new fusion amalgam in varying tones and shapes. Everything here is short, concise, and to the point, whether it be on the choppy flailing during "Come Cluster" and chord driven "iNCITING," the jarring noisy or alternately serene contrasts in "The Children & the Rats," the bass-shaded, underground, and litigious "That Ticket Exploded," and slowed, dank, unassuming, deliberate "Gradual Decay". Where Mike Eber's personal voicings come further to the surface on the goth power rocker "Mostly Skulls" with cleverly omitted measures, it is on the title track that he's in a diffuse and neo-laconic element, far beyond the pale. He's practically fluid in his steel-trap, deadly technique for "The Noose," straight-up funky on "Glass Tables," and evokes the snarly Fripp sound in a fast-paced "The Ditch." The opening track, "Where's the Captain?," gives a good indication that Robert Fripp's schizoid man, somewhat R&B-influenced, hard-edged, dark guitar is at the center of this trio's core. Listen to this recording and Red back to back to see if you don't agree with the parallel universe this band exists in. Where Zevious definitely suggests a Zen-like concept welded onto a deviated (or even devious) attitude, you'll find the music is fully realized, a terrible wholeness reflective of today's societal anxiety and tenseness released -- nay shot out of a cannon -- into the ether.